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Photos: Santiago, Chile, sees most snow in decades

A man walks down a snow-covered street in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. (Elvis Gonzalez/European Pressphoto Agency)

Santiago — Chile’s capital — isn’t particularly accustomed to snow. But over the weekend, a strong cold front swept through, laying down a pasty blanket of white.

The heavy, wet snow weighed down tree branches, which snapped power lines. Up to 350,000 homes lost power.

The snow snarled traffic, and the BBC reported that one person died trying to clear ice, while two were hurt by a falling power line.

About two inches of snow was most common in the city, but up to 16 inches fell in parts of the region, according to the Associated Press. “Chile’s Meteorological Office said it was the biggest snowfall in the capital in 46 years,” the AP reported.

Santiago lies in the shadow of the Andes Mountains at an elevation of about 1,700 feet and at a latitude equivalent to Orange County in Southern California.

AccuWeather reported that before this weekend, Santiago had not seen snow since 2011.

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